Yo, take a gander at what's on this wall: the dictatorship is ove'. How so? Well, I think whoever was dictator 'ere was unalive, yo, mabes he kicked the bucket. Well, then who was the dictator in our village, cuz I dunno if the mayor died. Yo, wait a minute, the mayor was dictatin'? Cuz that's why he had an assistant, to do it for him, cuz he finished night school, only 4 grades and done, so he didn't know to dictate us. Mabes it is from above, from the prefect. But that one's not six feet under either, yo, I can't wrap my head around anything. Who writes this crap on the walls? Yo, tell me who was dictatin'.  

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In November 2022, the group has 9,580 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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